Alex Lynn believes the transition from reserve to race driver at DS Virgin Racing has gone smoothly, as he gears up for his first full-season campaign in the FIA Formula E Championship.
The 24-year-old Englishman was announced last month as teammate to Sam Bird, replacing Jose Maria Lopez, who he filled in for in the New York ePrix doubleheader.
Despite having started on pole in his maiden Formula E race, Lynn’s outings were short-lived, with mechanical issues ending in a pair of retirements in Brooklyn.
The level of preparation, however, from simulator and track testing, has helped his successful integration into the all-British squad, ahead of his increased role for the coming season.
“To be honest with you, it started even before I got to the event in New York, as I had been helping the team,” Lynn told e-racing365.
“Even when I did my test to get ready for New York, that was already in the Season Four car, updating software etc.
“I suppose it is a bit of a different feeling going from reserve driver and getting a chance; to it being a case of this is my car and it is my job to push it forward.
“So from that side it has been a slightly different approach for me, but one I am really enjoying.”
Lynn was keen to stress the importance of working together with Bird on developing the Season Four package.
The two are believed to have developed an instant rapport in New York, where the team enjoyed its most successful weekend to date with a pair of wins, by Bird, and two poles.
“It obviously goes without saying that he is my biggest rival, but I am always really keen on the fact that without each other we don’t get the chance to fight to finish first and second,” said Lynn.
“Unless you are finishing 1-2 in every race then as a team, or let us say if one is winning and one isn’t, you need each other. Yes you need to beat each other, but you definitely need each other and that is an important fact.
“I think that was something which was so good about New York, that it was a fantastic weekend for the team.
“What was promising was that even though it was Sam and I’s first weekend of working together, the driver relationship really clicked.
“Of course I want to beat him and he wants to beat me, but we got on well and we worked together in a positive way which pushed the team forward.
“I think that is the main thing from my side, although of course my objective is to win and be in front of him.”